I think this is the perfect time to post these two beautiful ducks. We have been seeing more ducks and geese in the air as the weeks go by. This pair of ducks were published in the McCall’s Needlework Magazine, Fall, 1977. How pretty they are. The black and white pattern shows the stitches as well as the borders of each section. Quilted on a black background using bright Mennonite colours these ducks would make a great gift for your favourite guy.
Both ducks are in the 304kb pdf document: Embroidered Ducks, McCall’s Fall, 1977
When the wild purple asters appear you know summer is over and autumn has begun. My favourites are the deep purples. Beautiful against the greens and turning autumn leaves they seem to bloom forever. I think these asters would look great embroidered on a pillowcase edge.
Here is a pattern for the aster. I created the pattern by working from a photo in Photoshop, printed out and then traced around the petals and center of the flower. It would look great embroidered by either machine or by hand along the border of a table cloth. A quilted table runner or place mat could have one giant flower.